You Are Invited to ‘The Thinking About Animals Conference – Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd , Brock University in Niagara, Ontario

Featuring A Who’s Who List of Speaders In the Animal Advocacy Field, including Karen Davis of United Poultry Concerns, Darren Chang, Anita Kranjc and Ian Purdy from Toronto Pig Save, Rob Laidlaw from Zoocheck Canada, and Sandra Higgins from Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and her Go Vegan World campaign.

A Call-Out from Niagara Action for Animals, a not-for-profit organization of citizens in the Niagara region

Posted February 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large


Niagara Action for Animals (NAfA) is supporting this event to be held on March 1st & 2nd.

The conference will focus on two broad themes: Structural Violence  & Trans-species Social Justice, and Resistance, Rescue & Sanctuary.  Contact:  for more information.

Supported by Niagara Action for Animals; Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada; Dept of Sociology; PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities; Posthuman Research Network

Thursday, March 1st 

  • 9:00 POND INLET Introduction – John Sorenson
  •  9:15 am-11:00 POND INLET  ANIMAL OPPRESSION AND CAPITALISM – Panel Discussion
  •  David Nibert, Wittenberg University Jana Canavan, Lund University Matthew Cole, Open University Lauren Corman, Brock University Rob Laidlaw, Zoocheck Canada Vasile Stanescue, Mercer University Tracey Harris, Cape Breton University Corey Wrenn, Monmouth University 11:00-11:15 BREAK
  •  11:15-12:30 POND INLET Capitalism, neoliberalism and animal oppression
  •  “Zoobiz, The Conservation of Business”  Rob Laidlaw, Zoocheck Canada 
  •  “Neoliberalism & Animal Oppression”  Guy Scotton, University of Sydney 
  •  “Advocating for Animal Labour in an Age of Capitalism: A Paradox?”  Charlotte E. Blattner, Queens University 
  • 12:30-1:45 LUNCH (vegan lunch provided for those who have paid in advance)
  • 1:45- 3:00 CONCURRENT SESSIONS  POND INLET Protein/Violence/Meat  “New Frontiers in Protein”   Katie M. MacDonald, University of Guelph 
  •  “The tuna industry & entangled violence”  Taichi Inoue, Japan 
  •  “Animals in the Age of Technical Reproduction: The problem with ‘in-vitro’ meat”  Vasile Stanescue, Mercer University
  •  SANKEY CHAMBER Companionship & Death
  •  “Disaster Aesthetics: Spectacles of Animal Death & Survival & the Reinforcement & Critique of Capitalist Systems of Carelessness & Cruelty”  Malin Palani, Macalester College
  •  “Alone Together With Dogs”  Roshaya Rodness, McMaster University 
  •  “Contested Companionship: The Precarity of Pitbull-type Dogs”  Stephanie Eccles, Concordia University 

 3:00-3:20 BREAK 

  •  3:20-4:35 POND INLET  Laws, education, technology and animals
  •  “Understanding Canadian animal transport laws & the process of updating them”  Amy J. Fitzgerald, University of Windsor; Wesley Tourangeau, Dalhousie University
  •  “Animal use & alternatives in education: Overview, intersections & progress”  Nick Jukes, InterNICHE & Olivier Berreville, InterNICHE Canada
  •  “Assistive technology & marginalized interspecies relationships”  Katherine Wayne, University of Ottawa 
  •  4:35-6:30 DINNER BREAK (Vegan dinner provided for those who have paid in advance) 
  •  6:30-8:30 pm POND INLET KEYNOTE SPEAKER Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns
 “Talking About Animals: Our Advocacy for Better or Worse” 

Friday, March 2nd 

  • 9:30-10:45 POND INLET Resistance, Empathy, Compassion
  •  “Organize & Resist with Farmed Animals: Prefiguring Anti-Speciesist/Anti-Anthropocentric Cities” Darren Chang
  •  “Caring for Istanbul’s Street Animals: Empathy, Altruism, & Rage”   Kimberly Hart, SUNY Buffalo State
  •  “Building Compassionate Societies: Challenging Structural Violence in the Animal-Industrial Complex” Terry Gibbs, Cape Breton University & Tracey Harris, Cape Breton University 

10:45- 11:00 BREAK

  •  11:00-12:15 CONCURRENT SESSIONS
  •  11:00-12:15 POND INLET
  •  Media, Voice, Endangered Species “Speciesism Party: a vegan critique of Sausage Party” Matthew Cole, Open University   Kate Stewart, Nottingham Trent University 
  •  “Dinah, A Gorilla Biography”   Tracy McDonald, McMaster University
  •  “On Chinese History, Trauma, & the Lust for Endangered Species Products”  Mary Ting, CUNY John Jay College 
  •  “For the Love of the Finite Animal”   Sanja Dejanovic, Concordia University 
  •  “Cattle, Chattel, & Capital: Hendiadyses of the Alimentary Atlantic”  Andrew Kettler, University of Toronto & Charlton Yingling, University of Louisville 
  •   “The Land of Meat and Potatoes? Animal Agriculture & Veganism in the Irish Discourse”   Corey Wrenn, Monmouth University
  •  12:15-1:30 LUNCH BREAK (vegan lunch provided for those who have paid in advance)
  • 1:30-2:00 POND INLET KEYNOTE SPEAKER Animals, Capitalism, Resistance David Nibert
  •  2:00-2:50pm POND INLET  Bearing Witness, Providing Refuge
  •  “Bearing Witness to Animal Suffering Worldwide: The Growth of the Save Movement”  Anita Krajnc, Toronto Pig Save & Ian Purdy, Toronto Pig Save; Institute for Critical Animal Studies 
  •  “Anthropomorphizing Wildlife”  Chantal Theijin, Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge 

 2:50-3:00 BREAK

  •  3:00-4:30 POND INLET  Sanctuary
  •  “More Than Meats the Eye”   Jenny Brown, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary    “Go Vegan World & The Animals of Eden”   Sandra Higgins, Director, Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary, Ireland 

4:30pm Closing remarks –  John Sorenson

Niagara Action for Animals is a non-profit, all volunteer charity devoted to ending all forms of animal cruelty through education, direct action and legitimate protest. 

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